I Volunteer At the Animal Shelter

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    Working At An Animal Shelter

    I volunteer at a local animal shelter in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I love my work and I love spending time with the dogs and cats. Right now I am on vacation, so I work there more often. I walk all the dogs, sometimes clean their kennels, spend time with them, try to find homes for...
    pandora4884 pandora4884
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Dec 30, 2008

    I Have Brodie Here Today

      I have Brodie here today... His owner got into a fight with her bf, I guess...got arrested for warrants, the dog was left alone in the house for 5 days...don't know WHY THE POLICE LEFT HIM IN THE HOUSE?!!!!!!! JACKHOLES!!!!!!!!!!! ...jeez... He was not eating, barely...
    BonVie BonVie
    41-45, M
    3 Responses May 24, 2012

    Working At a Shelter

    I have worked at a dog and cat animal shelter for almost three years. It started out as a volunteer work for a school project. Eventually the owner asked if I would like to work for part-time, so I did. At first I had a lot of fun taking care of the animals and even taking care...
    Kizmet Kizmet
    22-25, F
    Oct 29, 2007

    Well Not At a Hospital But...

    I volenteered at the Wildlife Care Centre in Florida. I built a few habitats and aided in the release of some animals... that is until the board of directors... who shouldn't by law get involved with daily operations... and were vegans... decided that the animals should be vegans...
    Xeno Xeno
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jul 11, 2007

    Saturday Means S.p.c.a.!

      Every Saturday morning, out the door at 8:30 to drive 45 minutes to our nearest animal shelter.  Around the time my pals are rubbing their bleary eyes and pulling the covers back up for another hour in bed, I'm finishing the cat cages and moving on to paper the...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Oct 18, 2008

    Such a Joy..

    I took my love of animals and started volunteering at the local animal shelter. I must say first that thank god this is a 'no kill' shelter.  Ultimately i'd love to have a paying job doing what i love...but for now this is the next best thing. Walking dogs and letting them...
    prettyinpink prettyinpink
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Jul 8, 2008

    I enjoy helping walk the dogs

    and giving them love, but I never knew how hard it would be to deal with the other reality of the humane society.It angers me so much to see how people treat animals and throw them away like garbage. I wish we could do the same to the people that hurt them.I adopted a pit bull...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Sep 1, 2014

    I Volenteer At Haws And Need Advice

    I have recently started volenteering at HAWS - Hartbeespoort Animal Welfare Society in North West Province, South Africa. They are a great place. I feel at home there. I have gone everyday to be with animals and help out.I own two dogs - two sausage dogs who are my life.I have...
    staceyHAWS staceyHAWS
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 5, 2011

    Rspca

    I've been volunteering at the RSPCA Burwood East for about 15 months now and I love it. It saddens me when you see the inspectorate cases but I go and volunteer to bring some care to these poor animals. I go when it is 40 degrees Celsius just to make sure the rabbits don't get...
    Mafrici Mafrici
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 11, 2012

    We're All Animals....

    I do not work directly with animals as a profession; rather, I help those that do work with animals. This includes volunteering my time. I find those who do work with animals have a different perspective on life and relationships. It’s very interesting that if I pay attention...
    Michaelated Michaelated
    46-50, M
    Sep 10, 2013

    I don't actually volunteer at an animal shelter,

    I manage one. It's a fairly small (29 dogs, 19 cats) no-kill shelter in TN. I want to say thank you to all the volunteers, no matter what shelter or in what capacity you volunteer. Working in a shelter/rescue is a tough job. While most shelter/rescue workers love their jobs and...
    AbiAndrews AbiAndrews
    41-45, F
    Sep 26, 2015

    I Didn't Volunteer, I Adopted A Nine Year Old And Don't Regret It!

    Pollywog was a 9 year old Black Lab found abandoned in the shelter parking lot, tied to a light pole. If my shelter wasn't "No Kill", Polly would not have lasted 24hrs, let alone 9MONTHS. I adopted the SWEETEST black lab. When I adopted her, coming out the door she figured I was...
    joebobg joebobg
    46-50, M
    1 Response Jan 4, 2011

    Yesterday while working with the dogs,

    I had a strange experience, a moment of ridiculousness. My eyes set upon a tiny little black dog, all curls and eyebrows, and for just a moment my heart went wild and hope flooded over me like a bucket of warm honey... This is ridiculous because the dog I thought he was has been...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses May 26, 2015

    I volunteer at a cat shelter nearby

    and they have so many. I love coming in and playing with them and getting new ones as others get adopted. Even though I clean the cages(only the babies get put up-and only at night. That's what I loved. They aren't caged all the time) I still get to pet them and I get kittens...
    kittenasylum kittenasylum
    18-21, F
    Aug 5, 2014
    Ashthewolf7601 Ashthewolf7601
    13-15, F
    Dec 13, 2014

    Volunteering Is Harding Than I Thought

    Seeing the sad animals literally breaks my heart. It's so hard knowing that 73% of the cats that go in the shelter don't come out. Especially once you get to know them and know their personality, they are all such lovers! If I could, I'd build a big house and house them...
    hmoorephoto hmoorephoto
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 21, 2009

    It was my first day today.

    I met a remarkable dog who really touched my heart. The first thing I noticed about her was her eyes. They looked at me with a needing stare. Then, I saw her back. It seems before she came to the rescue someone had thrown boiling water or oil over her, her hair will never grow...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses May 19, 2015

    Working At a Shelter

    I have worked at a dog and cat animal shelter for almost three years. It started out as a volunteer work for a school project. Eventually the owner asked if I would like to work for part-time, so I did. At first I had a lot of fun taking care of the animals and even taking care...
    Kizmet Kizmet
    22-25, F
    Oct 29, 2007

    I'm thinking about volunteering at my local

    animal shelter for about a year or so, but I'm not sure if I'd actually be helpful or if I'd end up giving up halfway through.
    jessyjessxx jessyjessxx
    18-21, F
    Oct 24, 2014

    First Night!

    I just got home! (Well, at the time that this was started. I've actually taken a break and gone for a walk since I started writing this, and showered, and everything like that. Life goes on... :-) ) Tonight was my first night volunteering at the Animal Shelter in my city. I met...
    BonVie BonVie
    41-45, M
    6 Responses Aug 8, 2011
    tessagj14 tessagj14
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 6, 2015

    Rusty

    I am sad as I write this, because I know that Rusty only has a few more days to live. Rusty is a big dog that I have been walking at the shelter for a couple months or more. He is gentle, and does not pull like a crazed demon at the end of the leash like about 50% of the dogs do...
    BonVie BonVie
    41-45, M
    3 Responses May 24, 2012

    I love volunteering at the animal shelter.

    Giving love and affection to these cute little animals. It brings me joy, to give them attention. But it breaks my heart to see so many animals in a shelter. I just want to save all of them. I always break down afterwards, I actually rescued my dog from a shelter. He's such a...
    SeekingGreatPerhaps SeekingGreatPerhaps
    22-25, F
    Nov 18, 2014
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